ADTRAN partners with Accuris to deliver network virtualization architecture
Feb 13, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) --
ADTRAN, Inc., a provider of networking and communications equipment, has announced a partnership with Accuris Networks, a provider of Wi-Fi offload and roaming inter-working solutions, to deliver network virtualization architecture for cloud-based mobile offload and roaming.
Accuris has joined ADTRAN's Total Solution Alliance Program, partnering with ADTRAN to provide network solutions that enable converged services with quality and availability.
ADTRAN's unique approach, based on the Bluesocket virtual Wireless LAN solution (vWLAN), allows for the data session to be distributed and managed locally in the access point. The control plane is both centralized and virtualized so that it can reside anywhere in the cloud.
With user control and session authentication taking place remotely, the need for data session backhaul is eliminated. This gives mobile network operators the maximum degree of freedom to design an optimal offload network. ADTRAN's cloud-based mobile offload solution saves operators the expense and engineering challenges of coping with backhaul. At the same time, vWLAN supports access point-to-access point mobility, access point-based security policies, and user differentiation necessary to support offload, ADTRAN said.
By partnering with Accuris Networks, ADTRAN marries the benefits of vWLAN with the carrier-grade capabilities of Accuris Networks' AccuROAM solution for authentication, billing, settlement, and policy enforcement. The carrier-grade solution enables macro network features and service interworking to be extended to subscribers connected via a wi-fi network while ensuring subscribers receive the same user experience as they would on the cellular network. Operators gain a detailed view of all wi-fi connected subscriber activity along with the ability to control and manage those subscribers in real time.
"We are very pleased to partner with Accuris Networks to deliver next generation mobile offload and roaming solutions," stated Mads Lillelund, general manager for ADTRAN's Bluesocket Business Group.
"Leveraging virtualization to remove the traditional limitations of today's existing network architectures holds the promise of highly scalable, cloud-enabled networks that will further advance mobile communications worldwide."
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